Christ hath come from the heavens, receive Him.
Christ is on earth, elevate Him.
Sing unto the Lord, all the earth;
And ye nations, praise him with joy;
Alhambra, Ca - In the filled Cathedral of St. Stevan the First-Crowned in Alhambra (Los Angeles) the Feast of the Nativity of Jesus Christ was festively celebrated. On Christmas Eve a large number of Orthodox faithful attended the Compline service and the traditional burning of the Badnjak.
On the following day, on Monday, after the Matins service the Divine Liturgy was officiated by His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America, assisted by Fathers Ilija Dajkovic, Lazar Vasiljevic, Nikola Ceko, Norman Kosanovic, hieromonk Jovan (Babic) and deacon Nenad Radakovic.
The Nativity Encyclical of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle was read at the end of the service.
Source: Western Diocese